Antonio Simone

  • MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
     
    What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?

    • Antonio Simone: My interest in composition came fairly spontaneously while I had already started my musical training for some time as a piano student. I was about 9 years old when I began taking private piano lessons and I continued my musical education for ten years until I graduated at the age of 19 from the Conservatory of Music. Anyway, as to Composition I’m essentially self-taught. Everything I write is the result of my personal experience as a pianist, but is also part of something undefined, of which I don’t exactly know the origin, and which often drives me to sit at the piano, playing and writing music as though I am taking dictation. Sometimes the melody just flows in a very natural way…
  • MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
    • Antonio Simone: I’m a classically trained pianist so it is quite normal that much of what I play and compose is inevitably influenced by the teachings of the classics: Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, etc. On the other hand, when it comes to the Classical New Age genre of music in which I am getting more involved these days, the contemporary musicians that I enjoy listening to include: Andre Gagnon, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Lanz, Yuhki Kuramoto, to name just a few.
  • MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
    • Antonio Simone: I think the greatest desire of every musician is to share the result of his work with as many people as possible.
       
      Basically, this is because music is a way to communicate emotions and feelings to others. It is also a way to introduce oneself to others. That goes for me too. I tell stories without words, through the music I compose, for all those who have the sensitivity to listen, to feel emotions and that sometimes have a natural need to describe in words how they feel listening to my music.
       
      A few years ago I collected just some of the comments on my compositions, written by listeners all over the world, and I published a book with a funny title: “What They Are Saying… (Can All These People Be Wrong?)” . It has been a simple way for me to thank my fans for the time they have dedicated to listening to my music and for all the nice messages they publicly wrote to me on various sites on the Internet.

  • MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
    • Antonio Simone: From my beginnings in music to date, I have experienced many exciting moments both as a spectator and as a protagonist, and it is difficult for me to choose one among all.
       
      However, one of the most recent and exciting experiences that I love to remember was my success at the Peoples Music Awards (Folk/Jazz/Classical Category) with a song from my debut album “Life Colours”. I attended the Awards ceremony in London UK during which I also performed my music. What a thrilling night!
  • MuzicNotez: You’re an award winning pianist, composer and recording artist. How does it feel to be awarded for your hard work?
    • Antonio Simone: That is undoubtedly a great sensation that repays all the efforts one makes when trying to accomplish something good and positive. Some years ago, I received an international award for a piano composition entitled “Kendra’s Song.” For me, it’s still exciting to think about the fact that from the first notes written on a music sheet, this became a complete composition, then came out as a recorded track that has been listened to and appreciated in different parts of the world.
  • MuzicNotez: You’ve worked in music therapy, how has that changed your life or others around you?
    • Antonio Simone: I met music therapy quite accidentally, after a teaching experience I had with an autistic child with whom I used music as a preferential way of communication.

      So I felt the need to deepen my knowledge on that subject because I realized that music could be a powerful tool to help people with disabilities.
       
      It was a very challenging and interesting time of my life during which I was very enriched both by a human perspective and also professional. A period that lasted about a decade until my need to return to music, to the piano and to composition, became stronger than the will to continue with the music therapy, so I relinquished being a music therapy trainer and practitioner from that time on.

  • MuzicNotez: Your latest release is ‘Golden Garden’, what inspired this track?
    • Antonio Simone: I am sorry to say that even about this song, as well as other compositions of mine, I do not prefer to talk about the source of my inspiration. But, as always, know that is something very dear to my heart. However I would not mention it for less than a million dollars … Seriously, it’s a matter of personal choice that has its own reason. It is so as not to influence the listener with a story-behind-the-music that would limit the freedom of a subjective imagination and could affect the natural emotional reactions to music. In general, however, I can say what kind of things usually inspire me to compose: mainly life, beauty in all its forms and expressions, moods and emotions.
  • MuzicNotez: What else are you working on? What can we expect to see and hear from you in the future?
    • Antonio Simone: Currently I’m working on the revision of my recent compositions for piano. Once completed this work I’ll start my recording sessions. This means that my 5th official CD will then be released.
       
      I am also considering the proposal of a filmmaker on making short movies in which my music should be used as a soundtrack, and maybe I should be filmed in a few scenes in which I’m playing the piano. Let’s see what happens.
  • MuzicNotez: Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?
    • Antonio Simone: Well… what to say? Music has filled almost all of my life. It was and still is a special and magical dimension in which to find refuge. It always allowed me to communicate things that I could hardly express in words, what I represent through my compositions. I often imagine my compositions like messages in bottles crossing boundless seas to reach distant places and people.
       
      I always feel a special thrill when I know that someone somewhere in the world has taken time in life to listen to my music. I am grateful to them all and I thank my fans with all my heart for their wonderful support to my work as an independent artist.

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